Echoes of the 13th General Assembly of Inter-Africa (IAOP): Part Two

Echos de la 13ème Assemblée Générale de l’Interafricaine (IAOP) : Deuxième partie

In accordance with the Statutes of the IAOP (art. 8 § 2), the decision-making committee (Major Superiors + Coordination Committee) met immediately at the end of the Assembly in Ibadan on 2 June 2017. The committee took the following orientations and decisions on the important points that emerged from the Assembly.

Formation: Following the advice of the Master of the Order asking to "leave the abstraction of a common novitiate", the decision-making committee supports the idea of strengthening existing novitiates and asked the entities concerned to proceed in three stages: 1 / The entity with the novitiate to be strengthened reflects on the question of its capacity; 2 / The entities grouped together discuss the project; 3 / These grouped entities present the project to the IAOP, specifying their respective contributions and the request for support. The IAOP will send the application to Spem Miram Internationalis or to other Provinces.

Intellectual life: the decision-making committee gave a mandate to the counselor of IAOP for intellectual life to: 1 / update the database of professors engaged in higher and university education. 2 / in collaboration with major superiors, to promote a framework for collaboration between institutes and universities within the IAOP, in particular through the exchange of professors and students. The evaluation of these two decisions will be made at the next IAOP Mini-summit in December 2018.

Economic life: the committee decided to form a technical team, efficient and competent, chaired by the syndic of the IAOP and made up of brothers Julio Candeeiro (Angola), Alexius Agba (Nigeria) and Jean Rufin Munkwomo (D.R. Congo). The mandate of this technical team is to: 1 / Identify and study the feasibility of viable IAOP subsistence projects; 2 / Fund raising; 3 / Identify the IAOP projects to be financed.

Communication: the decision-making committee asked the new Socius for Africa to take into account the request to revive Afridoms Magazine expressed during the 13th General Assembly. He will report back to the next Mini-summit.

The presence of the Order in Southern Africa: The Assembly was edified by the diversity of interesting apostolates likely to allow a rapid growth of the Dominican presence in Zambia, as well as on the regional collaborations that are developed. The Assembly therefore encouraged dialogue and collaboration between the entities concerned. The General Curia will follow up on the issue. It encourages wider collaboration between branches of the Dominican family in Southern Africa. The decision-making committee did not deem it advisable to deliberate on the question of the determination of the territorial limits of an entity, specifying that this falls within the competence of the Master of the Order. However, we should reflect on this question: Are we working for expansion (being everywhere) or for a specificity of the mission of the Order in a given region?

Collaboration and Justice and Peace: The Assembly expressed the importance of regaining the collaborative flame of the beginning of the IAOP. Inter-African collaboration must be a form of listening and an expression of prophetic preaching. As for the question of Justice and Peace, the committee recalled that it is the business of all brothers and not only the IAOP counselor for Justice and Peace and the Dominican Family alone.

The theme for reflection for the next three years: The members of the decision-making committee will reflect on this and send ideas to the Socius for Africa. However, we will continue to work on the theme of renewal.

fr Gabriel Samba, op.


(19 July 2017)